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Ex-FSU player, Tallahassee tax preparer to go to prison, pay $1 million fine for false tax returns

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 12:21:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Kenneth Alexander, a former FSU football player and Tallahassee tax preparer, will spend four and a half years in federal prison and pay more than $1 million in fines for filing false tax returns.

The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Florida says that 46-year-old Alexander, a former linebacker on Florida State University’s 1993 national championship team, plead guilty to charges of preparing false tax returns, theft of government funds, and aggravated identity theft.

“Mr. Alexander used his position as a trusted accountant and well-known FSU football player to file false tax returns as part of a complicated scheme involving obtaining false solar power credits and false deductions for his clients,” said Special Agent in Charge Mary Hammond of IRS Criminal Investigation, Tampa Field Office. "Additionally, he represented these clients before the IRS regarding the false returns in furtherance of the scheme."

Through his tax preparation company, Wizard Business Center, Inc., documents say he prepared false returns for his clients, which illegally increased their tax refunds.

Evidence gathered by the IRS shows that Alexander prepared returns listing false filing statuses, inflated or bogus charitable contributions, and false employee business expenses.

They say Alexander also used an attorneys Florida Bar number to obtain tax information and represent them with the IRS, despite not having the credentials to do so.